Suffolk University to Award Eight Honorary Degrees


Robert J. Grey, Jr., president-elect of the American Bar Association, and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney were the speakers as Suffolk University awarded eight honorary degrees at its commencement exercises on Sunday, May 23, 2004, at the FleetBoston Pavilion on the waterfront.

Attorney Grey, who spoke at the Suffolk University Law School commencement exercises at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, is a partner in the office of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va., where he focuses on administrative matters before state and federal agencies. He will become president of the 410,000-member ABA in August and has been an active voice in the association as chair of the House of Delegates, a member of the Board of Governors and chair of the Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Governor Romney delivered the commencement address to the graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Sawyer School of Management at the 2:00 p.m. commencement ceremony. He is a businessman and venture capitalist who was asked to become president and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics when the Salt Lake City games was mired in controversy and faced serious financial crisis. He spent three years on the project, erasing the Games' deficit and leading one of the most successful Olympics in our country's history. Romney was elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November, 2002. He received an honorary doctor of public administration degree.

The following honorees joined Grey in receiving honorary degrees from the Law School:

•  The Honorable William F. Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; honorary doctor of laws.

•  The Honorable Sandra L. Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; honorary doctor of laws.

•  Kathleen M. Sullivan, Dean, Stanford Law School; honorary doctor of laws.

The following honorees joined Romney in receiving honorary doctoral degrees at the CAS/SSOM commencement:

•  Emilio Aragon, musician, actor, scriptwriter, producer and television director in Spain, and the first person to receive a Suffolk University undergraduate and honorary degree simultaneously; honorary doctor of arts.

•  Irwin Chafetz, past president and director of The Interface Group, Inc.; honorary doctor of commercial science.

•  Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen M. O'Toole; honorary doctor of laws.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal, is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,000 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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